Maryland basketball made the cut for one of its top 2022 prospects on Friday, he announced on Twitter
DeMatha forward Tyrell Ward listed the Terps in a top-eight that also includes LSU, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Miami, Xavier and Georgetown. Maryland offered the 6-foot-7, 185-pound junior, rated the No. 52 player and No. 13 small forward in the Composite rankings,
Getting Ward might be a challenge for Maryland for a couple of reasons. First, as you probably know by now, Maryland hasn’t signed a player from nearby power DeMatha — located a few miles up the road from the university — since Travis Garrison in 2003.
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“First and foremost, I have to start by saying I am a Mark Turgeon fan. I believe he’s a really good coach,” DeMatha coach Mike Jones said in a March radio interview. “I have no issue with coach Turge. And unless coach Turgeon tells me that he has an issue with me, I don’t believe that Coach Turgeon has an issue with me or with DeMatha, or with the WCAC. I’ve never heard that come out of his mouth. So there is no issue.”
Ward is also aware of Maryland’s drought at DeMatha.
“I’m not sure if you have heard or not but they’ve been getting stuff about not recruiting guys in the DMV but they really want to get me. They haven’t gotten a DeMatha guy since like 1998 or something and they tell me that they really want to change that with me,” he told 247Sports.
Jones is no longer running the show at DeMatha, though, after accepting an offer to become associate head coach at Virginia Tech earlier this week. And some believe he could bring Ward with him. Whoever gets him will be getting an emerging prospect with a high ceiling
“I’ve been getting stronger and adapting my body to the game,” said Ward. “Being able to take that bump and physicality better is really getting me better and adjusted for the next level.
Before Jones’ decided to take the Virginia Tech job, many speculated that his Nike ties were part of the reason for Maryland’s drought at DeMatha. The Terps, of course, are an Under Armour school.
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“Trust me, Nike has never told me, ‘Hey, your kids need to go to Nike schools.’ And I’ll put it this way. I can’t say that about every other shoe company that we’ve mentioned here today … I want Maryland to win. I would love it,” Jones said. “If one of our guys or some of our guys went to the University of Maryland, trust me, it will make my job a whole lot easier. I would love to be able to drive up the street 10 minutes and be able to watch them play. But please don’t just make up something to justify why things are the way they are. When you don’t know what you’re talking about.”